Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
226 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterSlack resources and innovation in Vietnamese SMEs: A behavioural, stewardship, and institutional perspective
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamInnovation Slack Institutional economics
Journal ArticleTaxation and social protection under governance decentralisation
This article is currently available for early online view. Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working PaperSlack resources and innovation in Vietnamese SMEs: A behavioural, stewardship, and institutional perspective
Slack resources are usually identified as an endogenous motivation for firms’ innovation. Still, it is crucial to assess the importance of slack in supporting innovation, especially in different institutional contexts...Innovation Slack Institutional economics
Working PaperTaxation, social protection, and governance decentralization
Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the government’s taxation levels...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
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The folk and the formula– pathways to capable states...Capacity building Institutional economics Socio-Economic Transformation
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The 2012 WIDER Annual Lecture was given by Professor Lant Pritchett. He discussed the importance of building state capability in developing countries for tackling long-term development challenges. View or download slides as pdfCapacity building Institutional economics Socio-Economic Transformation
Working PaperThe industrial policy experience of the electronics industry in Malaysia
Despite the use of industrial policies to stimulate economic growth by several successful developers, latecomers have faced mixed experiences. Hence, this paper analyses the industrial policy experience of the electronics industry in Malaysia...Electronic commerce Industrial policy Institutional economics
VideoWIDER Annual Lecture by Lant Pritchett
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on The folk and the formula– pathways to capable states...Capacity building Institutional economics Socio-Economic Transformation
Working PaperDoes foreign aid harm political institutions?
The notion that foreign aid harms the institutions of recipient governments remains prevalent. We combine new disaggregated aid data and various metrics of political institutions to re-examine this relationship...Economic assistance and foreign aid Financing, Government Institutional economics
Book ChapterCapacity Development for Transformation
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 2...Economic development Human capital Institutional economics
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (June-August 2015)
And so we come to the summer Angle . We have just passed the longest day (midsummer) in Helsinki, with 19 or so hours of daylight...Agriculture Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth
BlogInstitutions and Impact – Some Reflections on the UNU-WIDER Method
I have spent much of the last two years on behalf of UNU-WIDER engaged in thinking about these two issues, but only on this current trip to Toronto, to interview Professor Gerry Helleiner with my colleague Annett Victorero, have I seen that instituti...Economic policy Information technology Institutional economics
Working PaperA Quest for Institutional Foundations Towards Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
The paper explores the paths towards building institutional foundations for inclusive development in Sub-Saharan Africa...Economic development Institutional economics
Book ChapterInstitutional Reforms, Private Sector, and Economic Growth in Africa
The aim of this paper is to analyse the effect of institutional reforms on the revival of African economies...Economic policy (Business enterprises) Economic development Institutional economics
Book ChapterHow Does Colonial Origin Matter for Economic Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa?
This paper investigates some of the existing hypotheses regarding the transmission of different colonial legacies to modern day economic growth...Decolonization Economic development Education